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Google announced on Monday a major new update to its mobile operating system; Therefore, Android 13 has started rolling out to Pixel phones.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the release of Android 13 as part of the Android Open Source Project, which has been available to beta testers, developers, and later the general public since February and April, respectively.
Google says Android 13 will soon be available on phones made by its hardware partners. These partners are Samsung, Asus, HMD, iQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, Vivo and Xiaomi.
Android 13 better protects your privacy
Android 13 contains several key improvements and changes. The most notable thing you’ll notice once you install the update is that Material You and the custom themes that come with it have been enhanced, allowing third-party apps to take advantage of this feature.
Security has also been improved. In particular, you can now choose which photos and videos you want to share with the application, and it’s even easier to allow or deny access to all your photos. The clipboard is cleared after a certain period of time to prevent applications from searching it for important or sensitive information recently copied. Finally, apps must now ask for your permission in order to be able to send you notifications.
Spatial audio is now officially supported, paving the way for 360-degree audio streaming across supported hardware and streaming applications. You can also assign a language to specific apps if you speak multiple languages.
Available today… for some
If you have a Pixel 3 or newer in the Pixel lineup, Android 13 should be available today or later this week. The update is indeed released within a week, which is in line with previous releases.
If your smartphone is from a different brand like Samsung or Motorola, Android 13 will be available… but we don’t know when yet. It all depends on the manufacturer, and how quickly they implement these changes.
For some it will be fast. For others, such as owners of Samsung branded smartphones, it will take longer. It is even possible that this update will finally become available in early 2023 – everything will depend on your model.